Monday college basketball odds: No. 1 Indiana vs. Georgia

Top-ranked Indiana leads the nation in scoring but the Hoosiers figure to face their toughest test so far when they faced Georgia on Monday at the Legends Classic in Brooklyn. IU is a 21-point favorite on WagerWeb.com.

Indiana (3-0) last took the court on Nov. 15, beating Sam Houston State 99-45. Christian Watford led the way with 23 points, Will Sheehey scored 18 points, Victor Oladipo had 14, Cody Zeller 13 and Jordan Hulls 10 for the Hoosiers, who shot 57 percent from the field and made 9 of 21 3-pointers.

Indiana also routed its previous two opponents, defeating Bryant 97-54 and North Dakota State 87-61. It is the first time Indiana has won each its first three games by 25 or more points since the 1979-80 season. Senior guard Jordan Hulls has 14 assists to one turnover and freshman Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell has 17 assists with just six turnovers. Freshman Jeremy Hollowell (10.0) and sophomore Remy Abell (9.7) have made an early mark. After three games, the Hoosiers have a 17.0 rebound per game edge on its opponents. The Hoosiers have made 81 free throws in three games after attempting 80 in the first three games in 2011-12. Last year, IU led all Big Six Conference teams making 18.2 charity tosses per game.

Georgia (1-2) has lost two straight. Last time out, the Dawgs were beaten 62-60 in overtime by Southern Miss. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led Georgia with 17 points, and Nemanja Djurisic added 12. Caldwell-Pope has led the team in scoring all three contests, hitting for a career-high 27 against Youngstown State. Not a great surprise, either, that he is Georgia’s leading rebounder at 6.0 boards per game, since the 6-5 guard was its top returnee in that category as well.

The Hoosiers are 13-8 in metro New York since 1972 and won the Jimmy V Classic in 1999 and 2009, the Preseason NIT in 1993 and 1997 and the ECAC Holiday Festival in 1975. Indiana has a 3-0 edge in the series with the Bulldogs having last met in New Orleans where the Hoosiers prevailed 74-52.

Monday’s game will mark the 14th time that Georgia has ever played the nation’s No. 1-ranked team. It has yet to win such a contest. The Bulldogs faced top-rated Kentucky twice last season. Before then, the previous time came in 2007, when Georgia lost to No. 1 Florida.

Nine of Georgia’s games against No. 1-ranked teams occurred in years in which that team eventually won the NCAA championship. Going backwards chronologically, they were: 2012 vs. Kentucky (twice); 2007 vs. Florida; 1994 vs. Arkansas (twice); 1978 vs. Kentucky; 1975-76 vs. Indiana; 1951 vs. Kentucky; and 1949 vs. Kentucky.

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